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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Why they call it Al-Reuters

In an article talking about a Sunni city in Iraq containing substantial numbers of "foreign fighters", Al Qaeda types and dead-end Ba-athists:
Lynch added that US and Iraqi forces had been trying to wipe out the insurgency in a series of operations since May, culminating in the operations of the last few days.

They have so far failed to put down rebellions, but Lynch said the growing number of U.S.-trained Iraqi government troops -- there are now 190,000 of them -- should mean the resources were in place to quell future insurgencies.
Lets have a look at this last paragraph:

1) The author inserted a blatantly opinionated and unsubstantated statement amongst paraphrased quotes from a military representative.
2) The statement suggests the civilian population is rebelling rather than highlighting the fact attacks are made by ex Ba-athists, Al Qaeda and similar Islamist organisations, Jihadists from nearby Arab countries, and no doubt local Iraqi crims.
3) The statement suggests the US military is failing in its duties (across all Iraq, or just locally? the author doesn't specify), despite the fact they have been conducting successful operations in the Tel Afar region for quite a while - such as a couple of days ago.

Al Qaeda and the Ba-athists don't need their own propaganda operations - they have Al-Reuters.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 9/10/2005 11:53:00 am